WRITER: Austin Hornbostel

Plotting out the next steps in the Lawrence Loop — and potentially, across the Kansas River

What might the path from Seventh Street to Constant Park along the Kansas River — or even the path across the river itself — look like a few years from now? That’s what community members and the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department are currently working to envision. That stretch is one of the few remaining segments left to be completed in the Lawrence Loop, which will eventually be a continuous ...

Deputy director at Topeka Rescue Mission hired as new executive director of Lawrence Community Shelter

Story updated at 3:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2023: The next executive director at the Lawrence Community Shelter has been announced, and he starts in two weeks. On Friday, LCS Board of Directors President Charlie Bryan announced that James Chiselom — currently the deputy director for community needs and services at the Topeka Rescue Mission — has accepted the role and will start Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. As the ...

Lawrence Community Shelter board approves $3.43 million 2024 budget, authorizes job offer for new executive director

The Lawrence Community Shelter Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously adopted a $3.43 million budget for 2024, and it also voted to extend a job offer for a new permanent executive director. As the Journal-World reported, the Lawrence City Commission earlier this week unanimously approved nearly $2.7 million in city funding for LCS as part of an updated funding agreement. The shelter’s 2024 budget as ...

Cause of North Lawrence house fire that displaced 4 people under investigation

Updated at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 The cause of a fire that damaged a home in North Lawrence early Wednesday morning is under investigation by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. No one was injured in the overnight emergency. Police and firefighters were called to the house at 712 Locust St. at 1:37 a.m. Wednesday, and initial reports indicated there were visible flames on the house’s porch, as the ...

Fall Creek Villas development plan will move forward following approval from supermajority of Lawrence City Commission

Despite failing to earn a recommendation for approval from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission earlier this fall, a development plan for the Fall Creek Villas project is still set to move forward following a vote of approval from a supermajority of city leaders Tuesday night. At its weekly meeting, the Lawrence City Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Amber Sellers opposed, to approve a ...

Lawrence City Commission unanimously approves $2.7 million funding agreement for Lawrence Community Shelter in 2024

Lawrence leaders voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve nearly $2.7 million in city funding for the Lawrence Community Shelter for 2024 as part of another updated funding agreement. The Lawrence City Commission approved $2,677,696 in funding to be disbursed to the shelter on a quarterly basis next year, which will help fund the shelter’s capacity for winter emergency sheltering and operations at “The ...